Mosque can accommodate over 600 worshippers and is said to conserve 26.5% of energy and 55% of water
The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has announced the opening of what is billed as the world’s first mosque to receive a platinum rating by the Leadership for Energy and Environmental Design (LEED v4) from the US Green Buildings Council (USGBC). The mosque is located in Hatta and is said to have received a total of 83 points from the USGBC.
According to a statement, the mosque can accommodate over 600 worshippers on an area of 1,050sqm in compliance with the highest environmental sustainability standards. It comprises a 25m-high minaret, parking facilities for cars and bicycles and special facilities for People of Determination, and a green charger station.
Solar photovoltaic panels are currently being installed, in addition to a water treatment unit to reuse the water for irrigation and cleaning. DEWA stated that it followed the highest international standards to ensure air quality by using a highly efficient device for air purification to provide a sustainable and healthy environment inside the mosque, with recycled materials used for construction. The mosque conserves around 26.5% of energy and 55% of water.
“DEWA works to promote the concept of zero energy buildings, which supports sustainable development, economic growth without harming the environment and its resources. Inaugurating the world’s first mosque to receive the platinum rating for green buildings by the Leadership for Energy and Environmental Design in Hatta, is part of DEWA’s efforts to support the comprehensive and sustainable development plan of Hatta and meet the needs of its social, economic and environmental development,” said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of DEWA.
“The Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department is committed to protecting the environment. This supports the UAE’s efforts in combating climate change. The mosque, a first of its kind in the world, is a pioneering example for adopting best sustainability practices and preserving natural resources for a better environmental future,” explained director general Dr. Hamad Al Sheikh Ahmed Al Shaibani.
Al Shaibani concluded, “Receiving the LEED Platinum certification confirms that the mosque has met all international sustainability standards and achieved high levels of efficiency. IACAD undertakes a globally-orientated mission focused on promoting the values of moderate Islam, developing charitable work and building mosques in accordance with international best practices. The inauguration of the mosque reflects the distinguished initiatives that prioritise sustainable practices and human health.”